Reference numberAP/77/1
TitleUnpublished paper, 'On the influence of bias and of personal equation in statistics of ill-defined qualities: An experimental study' by George Udny Yule
DescriptionYule writes that his experiment has been 'undertaken to elucidate the real character of such statistics as those of eye-colour, hair-colour, temper, health, etc., which have been given, e. g., by Mr. Galton and by Professor Pearson. The statistics are, it should be noted, not merely statistics of qualities, but of ill-defined qualities, the only guidance to the use of the terms of classification being—with some exceptions—common usage. Strictly speaking we must remember that data so collected are statistics, not of qualities themselves, but of names assigned thereto.'

Annotations in ink throughout.

Subject: Statistics

Received 4 November 1905. Read 7 December 1905. Communicated by O [Olaus Magnus Friedrich Erdmann] Henrici.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 77 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A as 'On the influence of bias and of personal equation in statistics of Ill-defined qualities: An experimental study'.

A version of this paper was published by Yule in The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland: Yule, George Udny. 'On the Influence of Bias and of Personal Equation in Statistics of Ill-Defined Qualities.' The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, volume 36 (1906), pp. 325-381.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.2307/1193264
DOI: 10.1098/rspa.1906.0030
Related records in the catalogueNLB/32/521
Fellows associated with this archive
NA1151Yule; George Udny (1871 - 1951)1871 - 1951
NA1344Henrici; Olaus Magnus Friedrich Erdmann (1840 - 1918)1840 - 1918
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